Judge Allows Drilling In Allegheny Forest To Resume

Law360, New York (December 16, 2009, 5:44 PM EST) -- A federal judge has paved the way for private oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest to resume, enjoining a temporary ban that was instituted by the U.S. Forest Service.

Judge Sean McLaughlin of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania handed down a memorandum opinion Tuesday saying a settlement reached between the Forest Service and environmental groups requiring that drilling proposals undergo an environmental impact analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act caused irreparable economic harm to area oil and...
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